No Ordinary Joe, TV Hits (Australia), April 2003
typed by Buffy
stars alongside our own Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly.He tells TV Hits his latest
character is anything but Joe average...
TV Hits: Hey Orlando! Set us
straight with your accent. You're English, but you sound different in
Ned Kelly to how you sound in LOTR...
Orlando: That's true. I'm doing
the Irish thing for this Ned Kelly movie...so I've got all sorts of
accents< going around in there!
TV Hits: Did you enjoy being in
Australia last year, making Ned Kelly with Heath Ledger?
been fantastic. I had no idea about the Kelly story before I came, and now I
know quite a lot. I have to say it's a great story.
TV Hits: It's a
true Australia story. Did you feel pressure to make sure you did the
Orlando: I didn't know the story that well, but
I educated myself pretty quickly. It's interesting because there are lots
of different versions about exactly what Ned Kelly and his gang were
TV Hits: Did you find it more interesting to play someone who had
a whole life story for you to research than someone from fictional
Orlando: I love that I'm playing someone who was part of history. I love the story the fact that he's a folk hero and so close to the
TV Hits: Even though they robbed people, you think
the Kelly gang can still be heroes?
Orlando: When I look at things like
the fact that [my character] Joe Byrne was in jail for three months
at one time for illegal possession of meat...you start to see how these
guys ended up doing what they were doing. You think about the hardship and the
conditions they were living in and you get a better understanding of what
it was all about.
TV Hits: Will we be seeing a lot of you, beard and
all, or is it just Heath's movie?
Orlando: Heath's the lead and doing a fantastic job, But the gang is very important. I believe they all have a part
TV Hits:Last time you spoke to TV Hits you told us Joe was
"the cool one", what else can you tell us about him?
Orlando: Joe, in
my mind, is kind of like Ned's right hand man. He's Ned's first lieutenant and
makes sure everything 's sorted out. Joe's the most educated of the guys. He
could read and write. He also spoke Cantonese because he hung out with the
Chinese miners at the time. He's a very interesting guy.
TV Hits: Do you
think your Joe is close to the real thing?
Orlando: There are many
different descriptions, so I had to formulate a Joe in my head, which is as
close as I can make it to what I can gather was the real man.
TV Hits: Did Heath pay the same sort of attention to historical
Orlando: Being a Australian and knowing the importance of the story to Australians is something he's really taken on-board. I'm sure he feels
a certain pressure to do a good job of it, but he's coping very well and
he's done a fantastic job.
TV Hits: Did you get on well with him? He's
developed a bit of a rep for being less friendly since moving
Orlando: He's been a great co-worker. I don't see him
as aloof of anything. He's a young guy who's got a lot of pressure from the
outside and he's dealing with celebrity and all the stuff that goes with
that, which can be quite hard to cope with at times. He just gets on with
life and deals with his job.
TV Hits: You've worked with lots of Aussie
actors on the LOTR flicks and Ned Kelly. What do you think
Orlando: You're breeding some really solid actors, that's for sure. I love the way that people are down-to-earth there [Australia and New
Zealand] compared to home. I'm going to miss it.
TV Hits: You don't have
a girlfriend, so who keeps you company when you're somewhere like Australia
for months on end?
Orlando: I have friends and family, and one of the
best things about being in the position I am in now is that
they come and visit me. My sister came to Australia to be wit me while I was working on Ned
Kelly and I also had a few friends come to visit.
TV Hits: Does being
famous make it easier to meet girls?
Orlando: I don't think it does. When you're a bit famous, people have an idea in their head about
who they think they are, based around the roles you've played and the
things they've read.
TV Hits: What happens when they finally meet you?
Orlando: They're either disappointed or scared! It's a weird situation to be in. It should make it easier-but really it just makes it more
TV Hits: Did you get to know Naomi Watts during the time
she was getting romantic with Heath on the set of Ned
Orlando: She did most of her scenes with Heath, actually. I met
her over dinner one time when we all had a group dinner one time but I didn't
hang out with her that much otherwise. She was only in for a week or
TV Hits: Where's home these days?
Orlando: I'm in between London
and L.A. at the moment.
TV Hits: Right now, what's the best thing about
being Orlando Bloom?
Orlando: The opportunity to live a life that enables me to re-enact characters like Legolas and Joe Byrne, and to travel and experience different cultures and people.
TV Hits: Last
question. What's the worst thing about you?
Orlando: Missing the family
and friends! It's the great contraction about my life. I love my work means I
can travel a lot and be busy. But on the other hand I hate
that it takes me
away from the people that I care about. This life can be quite lonely. You
don't get to see as much of the people you love.
The Movie: The Calcium Kid
Expect it: 2003
The Deal: He plays an amateur boxer and milkman, named Jimmy, who
ends up in the ring with the world camp! The flick also features pop star
Billie Piper in a small role.
The Movie: Pirates of the
Expect it: Sometime this year
The Deal: Orlando is shipwreck survivor Will Turner, who comes across a bunch of ghastly, ghostly pirates
in this swashbuckling flick. Inspired by the Disney theme park ride of the
same names, Pirates also stars Johnny Depp and Orlando's Aussie Ned
Kelly co-star, Geoffrey Rush.
The Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King
Expect it: Just before Christmas
The Deal: It's the
final of the three films and our last chance to see him as the elf Legolas. He says: "Oh man... the third one is going to be this great finale that I
guarantee everyone will be hanging out to see t."
The Movie: Troy
The Deal: It's set in the year 1193BC and Orlando
plays Prince Paris of Troy, who steals the wife of King
of Sparta, triggering an epic war between the two nations. It's based on
Greek mythology and stars not only Brad Pitt but also Orlando's Black Hawk
Down Aussie co-star Eric Bana.